There is a reason the big spenders in government and their supporters do not use zeroes in debt and spending figures outside the obvious answer that it is simpler to write. It also has the psychological effect of softening the blow and making large numbers seem less serious. For instance, while the sentence “The government’s debt is now 18 trillion dollars” conveys important information that the level of debt in this country is at a new, mind-boggling high, it does not have the same psychological impact as “The government’s debt is now $18,000,000,000,000”.
When discussing government spending or the deficit online, use the zeroes when possible.
I just finished the Liberty Classroom course U.S. History to 1877, and think that it was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the lectures by Brion McClanahan, which opened my eyes to the fact that the war between the states from 1861 to 1865 was about much more than just slavery. This was an idea that I had never considered. In retrospect, it is very odd that no one ever questions why the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t issued until almost the third year of a war that is supposed to only be about slavery, or why the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was necessary if the Emancipated Proclamation and the Civil War ended slavery.
The Lectures in this course are:
Colonial Background (McClanahan)
Virginia and the Cavaliers (McClanahan)
Puritan Society (Woods)
Puritans and Indians (Woods)
The Southern Colonies and the Celts (McClanahan)
The Middle Colonies and the Quakers (McClanahan)
The French as an English Problem (McClanahan)
The Imperial Crisis (Gutzman)
The American Revolution (Gutzman)
The Constitution Movement (Gutzman)
The Philadelphia Convention (Gutzman)
The Ratification Campaign (Gutzman)
The Washington Administration (Gutzman)
The Crisis of 1798-1801 and the Jeffersonian Victory (Gutzman)
The Jefferson and Madison Administrations (Gutzman)
The Monroe Administration (Gutzman)
The Marshall Court (Gutzman)
The Age of Jackson, I: From the Corrupt Bargain through the Van Buren Administration (Gutzman)
The Age of Jackson, II: Tyler, Polk, and the War with Mexico, Part I (McClanahan)
The Age of Jackson, II: Tyler, Polk, and the War with Mexico, Part II (McClanahan)
The Political Crisis of the 1850s, Part I (McClanahan)
The Political Crisis of the 1850s, Part II (McClanahan)
Secession, Part I (McClanahan)
Secession, Part II (McClanahan)
“Mr. Lincoln’s War,” Part I (McClanahan)
“Mr. Lincoln’s War,” Part II (McClanahan)
North Over South: Recreating the Union, Part I (McClanahan)
North Over South: Recreating the Union, Part II (McClanahan)
Corruption, Compromise, and the End of Military Reconstruction (McClanahan)
I’m not sure why I waited so long to join Liberty Classroom, but I am glad that I did. You can join via my affiliate link here.
The Robin Hoods of Keene, New Hampshire, have saved residents over $80,000 in parking fines.
The Robin Hoods place a coin into expired parking meters before the “parking enforcers” get there and leave a card notifying the car’s owner that they have been “saved from the king’s tariffs” and encouraging them to “pay it forward”. The Merry Men and Women can usually be seen walking directly in front of the “parking enforcer” and feeding the meters before they can be checked. Motorists who could not be saved in time receive a flyer that discusses fighting parking tickets. That flyer is posted here, and is a valuable resource for anyone with a ticket.
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